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COVID-19 Daily Digest – 6/30/20

Here is a recap of everything related to COVID-19 from the past day.

As of Tuesday morning:
Wisconsin confirmed cases: 28,126 (up from 27,752 Monday)
Wisconsin confirmed deaths: 779 (no change)
Wisconsin total hospitalizations: 3,407 (up from 3,393)
Wisconsin current hospitalizations: 236 (down from 251)

World

  1. Today marks six months since the World Health Organization was made away of pneumonia from an unknown cause in China, which later was identified as COVID-19
  2. Workers at six Amazon facilities in Germany go on strike over at least 30 COVID-19 cases have been identified among workers
  3. COVID-19 death toll in Bolivia passes 1,000; Argentina reports more than 2,100 new cases
  4. India’s Maharashtra state becomes fourth to extend COVID-19 restrictions and third to extend through the month of July as lockdown ends June 30; for the part of the country reopening, curfew will be enforced from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m., shops can have more than five people inside, domestic flights and trains and be expanded
  5. Greece extends ban on direct flights from the UK until July 15
  6. Montreal-based Cirque du Soleil to file for bankruptcy due to COVID-19 shutdown; will fire 3,480 of its roughly 4,000 employees
  7. The UK to announce $6.2 billion in infrastructure projects to deliver jobs to begin restarting the economy, which Prime Minister Boris Johnson described as a “New Deal”
  8. A new flu strain, unrelated to COVID-19, with human pandemic potential was found in people who worked in abattoirs and the swine industry in China
  9. Australia’s Victoria state announces partial lockdown from 11:50 p.m. local time Wednesday until July 29th
  10. Spain’s GDP shrinks 5.2% in the first quarter of 2020 due to COVID-19
  11. The European Union to reopen external borders to 15 countries as early as Wednesday; the countries include China, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Korea, among others, and excludes the U.S.

National

  1. The U.S. reported 41,586 new COVID-19 cases and 338 deaths on Monday
  2. Long-term care facilities account for just 14% of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. but have reported 45% of COVID-19 deaths in the country
  3. Broadway performances in New York City have been suspended through the rest of the year
  4. California’s Ventura County health official: “(California) did open too quickly;” San Diego County closes all bars, wineries and breweries to limit coronavirus spread; Los Angeles beaches to close for holiday weekend
  5. Houston’s hospitals reached 100% ICU capacity, then the state stopped reporting ICU data after governor expressed displeasure with negative headlines about ICU capacity, according to the Houston Chronicle
  6. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi extends remote voting for the House chamber through August 18
  7. New Jersey will not allow indoor dining to reopen on Thursday as part of reopening plan; Oregon governor issues order requiring statewide use of face masks, warns that hospitals could be overwhelmed “within weeks;” Rhode Island extends mandatory face mask order until August 3 and requires 14-day quarantine for people coming from states with 5% positivity rate
  8. Arizona closes bars, gyms, movie theaters and water parks for at least 30 days to limit the spread of COVID-19
  9. Nevada to remain in Phase 2 of reopening through at least the end of July; Fresno County jail reports more than 500 inmates have tested positive
  10. At least 143 University of Georgia staff and students have tested positive for COVID-19; Georgia governor extends state of emergency until August 11 and requires physical distancing in state, bans gatherings of more than 50 unless distancing can occur and mandates sheltering in place for those in long-term care facilities
  11. Tennessee extends state of emergency until August 29; Jacksonville, where the Republican National Convention will be held in August, requires face masks to be worn in public
  12. South Dakota governor says “there won’t be social distancing” at Mount Rushmore event Friday, and masks will be optional as President Trump plans to make a visit

State

  1. 425 Marcus hotel employees in Milwaukee and Madison have been permanently laid off due to COVID-19
  2. 118 of 315 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin were patients ranging in age from 20-29
  3. The 315 new cases was the most the state has ever announced on a Monday
  4. 5.3% of tests returned positive, marking the fourth straight day results were above 5%
  5. Milwaukee Bucks lay off, furlough staff; Fiserv Forum food service vendor said it would lay off 47 employees
  6. Democratic National Convention paid the Milwaukee Bucks $5.5 million for the venue it will not use
  7. Milwaukee Public Market to require masks for both workers and customers since three employees test positive for COVID-19 after attending a party outside of work

Madison

  1. Dane County is among three counties (La Crosse and Winnebago) to have seen a spike in COVID-19 cases among patients in their 20s
  2. The Alliant Energy Center community test site completed 10,872 tests last week and 34,110 tests since it opened on May 11
  3. Madison Public Health’s metrics show Dane County is averaging 44 new cases over the past two weeks, and 37% of COVID-19 patients do not know where they could have gotten it